Scherzer (side) completed a bullpen session Thursday and was satisfied with how he felt afterward, the Associated Press reports. "It was good, was able to throw all pitches," Scherzer said.
Scherzer's positive workout was overshadowed by Major League Baseball announcing later in the day that the season would be delayed by at least two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the extended break should at least have Washington's ace in optimal health whenever Opening Day takes place. The right-hander had been scheduled to pitch in an intrasquad game this weekend before MLB suspended its season, so the Nationals are seemingly comfortable with where Scherzer stands after he was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League start Tuesday due to soreness on the right side of his body.
Scherzer is dealing with some discomfort in his right side and elected to skip his bullpen session Tuesday in favor of a long-toss session, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Scherzer says he isn't injured and is simply dealing with some fatigue as the result of an offseason program which apparently didn't build up his right side enough. He expects to start Sunday against the Mets. While it's certainly a positive that the pitcher himself isn't concerned, players tend to be notoriously optimistic about their own health, so this is still a situation to watch with a 35-year-old who dealt with injury problems last season.
Scherzer struck out five Astros but gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk over three innings Thursday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
He also uncorked two wild pitches. All the damage against Scherzer came in the first inning, but the right-hander found a groove after that and wasn't displeased with his initial struggles. "You don't want to just go three up, three down," Scherzer said. "You want to pitch out of the stretch. You want broken-bat base hits to fall in. You want to face some adversity and have to make pitches around that." The 35-year-old finished his second spring outing having tossed 49 pitches (33 strikes), and Scherzer appears well on his way toward being ready for Opening Day.
Scherzer struck out two over two scoreless innings Saturday in his spring debut while sitting in the mid-90s with his fastball, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
The game itself got called due to rain after that, leaving Scherzer at only 22 pitches rather than the 30 the Nats planned for him to throw, but otherwise it was a successful start to Grapefruit League action for the 35-year-old ace. "Being able to throw all my pitches for strikes [felt good]," Scherzer said after the game. "All the offspeed, I thought I was able to execute those. I was losing kind of my fastball arm side a little more than I would like to. For me, I think that's a little mechanical, kind of getting in it, back in the swing of things. Then trying to take that adjustment into the next start." After failing to toss 200 or more innings last year for the first time since 2012, Scherzer has extra motivation to come out of the gate firing this season.
Scherzer said he'll start Saturday's Grapefruit League opener versus the Astros, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
The Nationals may have preferred to ease Scherzer into spring training, but the 35-year-old has been champing at the bit to get back to work after a combination of back, shoulder and neck issues kept him from reaching the 200-inning threshold in 2019. Scherzer reported to camp fully healthy and completed a two-inning live batting practice session without incident Wednesday, telling Zuckerman afterward that he feels exactly how he wants to at this stage of the spring. Despite a somewhat disappointing 2019 campaign relative to his lofty standards, Scherzer still looks like a worthy option in the first two rounds of fantasy drafts.
Scherzer (neck) said the cortisone shot worked and that he will pitch Game 7 of the World Series at Houston on Wednesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Manager Dave Martinez said as much prior to Game 6, but now that the Nationals forced the winner-take-all game, Scherzer is officially set to take the mound. The veteran right-hander actually warmed up during the seventh inning of Game 6 on Tuesday, and according to Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic there were scenarios laid out where he would enter the game, despite Martinez indicating otherwise beforehand. Regardless, Scherzer and Zack Greinke will matchup for the final game of the 2019 season.
Scherzer (neck) is not available out of the bullpen for Game 6 of the World Series against the Astros on Tuesday but would start Game 7 on Wednesday if the Nationals extend the series with a win, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.
A cortisone shot did its job after Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday due to back and neck spasms. He's been cleared to pitch following a successful throwing session prior to Tuesday's game but will not be used out of the bullpen despite previous reports that he'd be available.
Scherzer (neck) will start Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros on Wednesday if the Nationals win Game 6 on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The 35-year-old was scratched from his scheduled start for Game 5 of the series Sunday after spasms in his back and neck worsened, but threw in the outfield prior to Game 6 on Tuesday and told reporters that he felt good. He'll be available out of the bullpen for Game 6 if needed, so it's possible that his status for Game 7 could change if he is used Tuesday. Scherzer owns a 2.16 ERA with 34 strikeouts over 25 innings pitched this postseason.
Scherzer (neck) will be available out of the bullpen if necessary for Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.
Scherzer was scratched from Game 5 on Sunday due to neck and back spasms, but he threw in the outfield prior to Tuesday's game and told reporters that he felt good. The Nationals would likely prefer that he start Game 7 on Wednesday, but they'll have to win Tuesday to get there and could turn to him if necessary. In other news, reports Tuesday indicated that he's been pitching through a broken finger all year, though that clearly hasn't held him back thus far and is unlikely to suddenly become a problem now.
Scherzer (neck) threw in the outfield prior to Tuesday's Game 6 against the Astros, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Scherzer was scratched from his start Sunday for Game 5 due to back and neck spasms. He received a cortisone shot and remains in contention to start Game 7, should the Nationals extend the series with a win Tuesday.
Scherzer will not make his scheduled start Sunday in Game 5 of the World Series due to spasms in his back and neck that have continued to worsen, Tyler Kepner of The New York Times reports.
Scherzer was expected to take the bump for the Nationals on Sunday night but was dealing with spasms in the right side of his neck Saturday and woke up really hurting Sunday morning. The right-hander not being available could play a big role in the turnout of this series, as the Nationals are now forced to go with Joe Ross as their starter in a pivotal Game 5. According to Jamal Collier of MLB.com, Stephen Strasburg will start Game 6 regardless of Scherzer's availability going forward. The righty will remain on the Nationals' roster and will travel with the club to Houston with the hopes of being healthy enough to start in a potential Game 7.
Scherzer will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Astros on Tuesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
In an unsurprising move, the Nationals will turn to their fully rested ace for their first-ever World Series contest. He'll square off against Gerrit Cole.
Scherzer is expected to start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Scherzer will likely take the mound for the first game of the World Series after starting Game 2 of the NLCS on Saturday. In four appearances this postseason, the 35-year-old carries a 1.80 ERA with 27 strikeouts over 20 innings pitched.
Scherzer will start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Monday after the team named Anibal Sanchez its Game 3 starter, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
Scherzer entered Game 2 on Friday and struck out the side on 14 pitches during the eighth inning, and he'll receive an additional day of rest rather than make the quick turnaround for Sunday's game. The veteran right-hander allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while recording six strikeouts during the Wild Card Game against the Brewers last week.
Scherzer may be pushed back to start Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Scherzer entered Friday's win against the Dodgers as a reliever in the eighth inning, making his availability for Sunday's game uncertain. The 35-year-old needed only 14 pitches to strike out the side Friday, but his status for Game 3 will likely be determined by how he feels Saturday. If Scherzer is unable to pitch, Anibal Sanchez would likely start Game 3 with Scherzer taking the mound for Game 4.
Scherzer will start Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Sunday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The 35-year-old will take the mound for the Nationals on Sunday after struggling in his wild-card start, allowing three runs in the first two innings as he threw 77 total pitches. Scherzer will be on short rest but will look to bounce back from his shaky first start of the 2019 postseason.
Scherzer allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six over five innings in a no-decision in Tuesday's NL Wild Card Game.
His night started out in about the worst way imaginable; Scherzer walked Trent Grisham and then gave up a two-run homer to Yasmani Grandal to lead off the first. Scherzer then gave up a homer to Eric Thames to lead off the second, but he eventually settled in and kept the Nationals in it (with help from Stephen Strasburg), leaving the door open for a dramatic comeback in the eighth inning. The right-hander threw 77 pitches, and while he could theoretically start on short rest in Los Angeles, it seems far more likely that he starts at home against the Dodgers either Sunday or Monday in Game 3 or 4 of the NLDS.
Scherzer is scheduled to start Tuesday's National League Wild Card Game for the Nationals, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
The Nationals don't know their opponent or where they'll play as the Brewers attempt to chase down the Cardinals in the NL Central, but it's no real surprise to see Scherzer receive the starting nod. The veteran right-hander hasn't looked fully himself with a 4.74 ERA in seven outings since returning from a back injury in late August, but the team will have Patrick Corbin and Stephen Strasburg available out of the bullpen should things go wrong early.
Scherzer (11-7) allowed four earned runs on five hits while striking out 10 and walking one across six innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Phillies in the second game of a doubleheader.
Scherzer was tormented by Brad Miller, surrendering two home runs to the lefty that accounted for all of his earned runs. Otherwise, it was a strong performance from Scherzer, who racked up 18 swinging strikes and 20 called strikes on 101 total pitches. Perhaps most importantly, the effort marked his second consecutive appearance in which he threw over 100 pitches and punched out 10 or more batters. Scherzer is currently lined up to start in the team's final regular season contest Sunday against Cleveland, though that could change if they clinch home field for the Wild Card Game prior to his scheduled start.
Scherzer (10-7) allowed five runs on seven hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts across 6.2 innings while taking a loss against the Cardinals on Wednesday.
While the 11 strikeouts was impressive, Scherzer yielded two homers and runs in three of the seven frames he took the mound. Scherzer, like his team, is limping to the finish line, as he is 1-2 with a 4.62 ERA in his last seven outings. While he's short on wins and his ERA (2.81) is rising, he still owns a 1.03 WHIP, .222 batting average against and 233 strikeouts in 166.1 innings this season. Scherzer will look to bounce back at home against the Phillies on Tuesday.
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